‘Merciless’ sea monster with broken teeth prowled the seas 66 million years ago


Artist impression of thalassotitan. Credit: Andrey Atuchin

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A giant mosasaur with teeth like an orca ruled the oceans around Morocco by the end of the year Cretaceous Agefinds a new study.

The extinct predator, called thalassotitan atrox, grew to about 30 to 33 feet (9 to 10 meters) in length and probably fed on other marine reptiles it encountered, including colleagues mosasaurs. The name thalassotitan comes from the Greek words “thalassa” and “titan”, meaning “sea-like”, and the species name atrox translates to “cruel” or “ruthless,” according to the study.

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